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Issue Date: January 23, 2020

Dear Editor:

At the most recent DNR listening session, local citizens asked what they can do to help with the PFAS contamination crisis in our community. One of the simplest things you can do - show up at the polls to support your local clean water candidates at the primary on Feb. 18th, and then again at the general election on April 7th. I encourage you to find the list of local clean water advocates online at S.O.H2O Facebook page.

I desperately urge you NOT to look the other way when you hear people talking about safe drinking water in our community - because you think it does not impact you personally. To be clear, this contamination crisis will have a significant and lasting impact on our communities' economic development as a whole - from our overall health to our property values.

Citizens have witnessed the power and importance of strong local leadership, which not only includes educating themselves on the hazards of contaminants in our drinking water but also willing to take the time to listen to your concerns. Your voice is so important in the upcoming Spring election. Changing leadership is not always easy, and the local clean water candidates need your help.

For the past year, I have been attending and paying attention to the leadership in the Town of Peshtigo. If there is one thing I know for sure - the community needs new leadership and more common-sense decision making. I have witnessed the Town of Peshtigo Board making motions during meetings, and then doing the complete opposite to what was agreed to - after the fact. This modality of leadership is costing town taxpayers significant money, and it is wasteful. It is disheartening to witness citizens in the town that have been personally impacted by this PFAS contamination being dismissed, and treated poorly at meetings for expressing their concerns.

It makes sense that citizens in the town of Peshtigo and Marinette County feel like they do not have a voice at the table, and they want to change their leadership. Our local water crisis is first and foremost in my mind - especially with this crisis spreading further and further into our community. The WDNR recently announced that the plume has been extended further into the Town of Peshtigo. We need your help in this fight. Please help allow these local clean water candidates to embrace a leadership role within our community by voting to support them. The Peshtigo Board of Supervisors should listen to ALL citizens in whom they represent, and not just the select few. Thank you for your consideration of these clean water candidates for your community.

Sincerely,

Kristen Edgar,

Town of Peshtigo Citizen



Dear Editor,

We would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Jon Drees, Town of Peshtigo Board of Supervisors Seat 2, for attending the 6 pm DNR PFAS listening session on Jan. 15, 2020. We were present at each session and Mr. Drees was the only Town of Peshtigo board member to attend either.

As the scope of this crisis widens and the impact on the Town worsens, as thoroughly described by the DNR at this meeting, we citizens of the Town of Peshtigo need our leaders to stay informed and involved. We are relying on our elected leadership to stay up-to-date on this situation and to make educated, common-sense decisions to protect our families.

Thank you, Mr. Drees, for leading by example.

We would also like to note that Kayla Furton and Kristen Edgar are currently seeking election to the Town of Peshtigo Board of Supervisors, Seats 3 and 4, respectively, and that they both made time to attend the listening sessions.

Thank you,

Karl Jaeger,

Town of Peshtigo

Mariel Carter,

Peshtigo School Board, Seat 3



Editor:

I spent most of my life in the 1940s and 1950s in Peshtigo and learned that Badger Paper Mill was very important to most residents in Peshtigo. They paid dental bills for young people. They also paid more than their share in taxes, sponsored softball teams, provided a tennis court, etc.

In my case they hired me as an office boy evenings for three years and gave me jobs in the mill for three summers so I could pay my college expenses.

I realize that technology and a different ownership has changed things for BPM, but looking back I want to thank my bosses, E.A. Meyer, Walter Adrian and Lawrence Finger for hiring me.

I believe that also many others were helped as I was.

Thank you, Badger Mills.

Al Ochs,

Marinette



Dear Editor,

This letter is in response to Dale Anderson's letter of last week.

Although he believes our environment was not a concern in the past, like it is today, let's look at history: Years ago, the only fertilizer applied to crop fields was cow manure, which was totally biodegradable. Then came commercial fertilizers, intended to increase crop yields. Next were chemical herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, broad leaf sprays--including Round-Up which is now listed as a carcinogen--all formulated toward higher crop yields. When crops are sprayed with chemicals, they are assimilated by the plant and also absorbed into the ground; however, some are washed into creeks, rivers, and into our water supplies. The scientific community was not aware of the pollution then, but now we all know!!

Mr. Anderson talks about local people investing in the Back Forty project. Did they fall for the "get rich quick" theory? I would guess that everyone who invested their family's money would be happy to get a return on their investment"at least what they paid for their stock. I am sure they wouldn't sell it for the $0.12 cents a share that is now posted on the exchange!!

(Or could this be a huge Barry Hildred "Ponzi Scheme?")

The fight to stop the mine is far from over!! The permits that were "issued" are not "effective;" they contain multiple conditions that would have to be met before any construction could begin. Two of the permits are tied up in federal and state courts. Aquila pulled their Dam Safety Permit application in 2019, and this will restart the dam safety permit review process from the beginning, including new opportunities for public review and comment. Aquila will not be able to begin mine construction until EGLE has approved ALL permits for the Back Forty project.

More History: Note that the "upstream" method proposed by Aquila for its tailings dam has failed repeatedly worldwide"causing widespread pollution, destruction, and loss of life--and there has NEVER been a metallic sulfide mine that has not polluted the waters and the environment. Do your research.

The Menominee River hosts one of the best Smallmouth Bass fisheries in the world; do you want to destroy that?? The Menominee River is also a classic breeding ground for pre-historic Sturgeon. Do you want to destroy them too??

The solution to controlling toxic waste is not to create it in the first place. The opposition will fight until the Canadians go home!

Lea Jane Burie,

Wausaukee


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